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I live in a very small rural town. I am afraid to wear hijab because it would elicit the same responses as some of those in the story. I would not only fear for myself, but for my son. I am sure he would be ridiculed. In all the time I lived here in this town I have only seen one women in a hijab, at Walmart. I spoke to her and she was from another town about 15 miles away. Hachemi also feels I would get more attention if I covered. So for now I dont wear hijab, although I would love to.

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WOW, I was in tears in the middle of that too! And then I was angry, and then I was happy to see someone do something... Thanks for sharing...


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where is this freaking hick place? unbelievable. i'm glad people defended her.

around here we have plenty of muslims with hijabs and they are treated the same everywhere i've been with them around. no one staring at them, etc.

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Wow, that was moving, had me crying like a baby. I am proud that there are some Americans who will stand up for others. I was at the atlanta airport coming back from Egypt, when this poor old jordian women who could not speak english had ticket problems. The airlines were not doing much to help this women and when I came up to help, I noticed there are 5 people a head of me, all here to help this poor old lady out. I have never been prouder of my country than that minute, there was this women that stayed with this women through out the entire time, to make sure she got on the plane safetly to her family. There are good people out here, but unfortunalty there are still others who make it bad for everyone. I love these two quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King:

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.


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I remember when 9/11 happened, my parents called me up and told me to take off my hijab. I said no. They said they did not want anything to happen to me. I said no. I knew that I could take the name calling and stares but they were worried about my safety. Out of the blue, a friend of mine told me he was going to be my chaperone. That first night of 9/11 he came and sat with me in my dorm room and checked on me throughout the night. He escorted me to class because, like he said "you have no choice. I don't need some idiot doing something to you that might send me to jail". He was one of many of my friends who just looked out after me. All white males from the middle of nowhere Kansas. I am probably the first and only Muslim woman they knew, and they were there to protect me.

Its so sad that there are people out there who would treat another human being in such a despicable manner. We are all people, it does not matter your race, religion, etc.


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I live in a very small rural town. I am afraid to wear hijab because it would elicit the same responses as some of those in the story. I would not only fear for myself, but for my son. I am sure he would be ridiculed. In all the time I lived here in this town I have only seen one women in a hijab, at Walmart. I spoke to her and she was from another town about 15 miles away. Hachemi also feels I would get more attention if I covered. So for now I dont wear hijab, although I would love to.

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im sorry that it is like that for u........we live in a town that only has 600 people......we have no problems at all.....with the exception of the school........my younger sisters can not wear hijab to school........it is a policy no hats or head scarfs to cover the head but they do wear the shawl and Muslim clothing they had to get permission to dress differently for track meets as well........but the biggest problem is the lunch's and breakfast that is served at the school.......one day all three of the smaller girls sat in the lunch room not eating just looking down........the teacher asked them why u not eating so the eldest of the three said it has pork we can not eat it and when we told the lunch lady she told us it was sausage not pork......so they got the girls something else to eat..........they were told by the school to provide pork free meals for my smaller sisters and brother.......but it seems the people that provide the lunches either do not know what is pork or they do not care.......that is about the biggest issue that we have is the school meals.........my smaller brother has a great net work of friends he is last year of middle school......they were playing football on lunch hour one day.......a new kid walked up and said oh u a (the n word) u think ur cool

his friends stepped forward and said not only is he part black but he is Muslim u got something to say the kid backed down....they never tease him because he can not go to dances or eat what they eat they protect him like he is their brother and they are not Muslim...........in a way it is funny because he is almost six feet tall we call him the gentle giant he does not fight and is very respectful........i think alot of how we are accepted as Muslims is in how we carry ourself.......if we carry our way of dressing and acting with pride with out care of what someone might say to us it helps but it does not mean that we should not be careful because there are bad people out there that would hurt a Muslim person or any other person for what ever reason that they have in their minds......ok i have surpassed what i normally say in one days time :whistle: time for me to stop lol

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I live in a very small rural town. I am afraid to wear hijab because it would elicit the same responses as some of those in the story. I would not only fear for myself, but for my son. I am sure he would be ridiculed. In all the time I lived here in this town I have only seen one women in a hijab, at Walmart. I spoke to her and she was from another town about 15 miles away. Hachemi also feels I would get more attention if I covered. So for now I dont wear hijab, although I would love to.

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im sorry that it is like that for u........we live in a town that only has 600 people......we have no problems at all.....with the exception of the school........my younger sisters can not wear hijab to school........it is a policy no hats or head scarfs to cover the head but they do wear the shawl and Muslim clothing they had to get permission to dress differently for track meets as well........but the biggest problem is the lunch's and breakfast that is served at the school.......one day all three of the smaller girls sat in the lunch room not eating just looking down........the teacher asked them why u not eating so the eldest of the three said it has pork we can not eat it and when we told the lunch lady she told us it was sausage not pork......so they got the girls something else to eat..........they were told by the school to provide pork free meals for my smaller sisters and brother.......but it seems the people that provide the lunches either do not know what is pork or they do not care.......that is about the biggest issue that we have is the school meals.........my smaller brother has a great net work of friends he is last year of middle school......they were playing football on lunch hour one day.......a new kid walked up and said oh u a (the n word) u think ur cool

his friends stepped forward and said not only is he part black but he is Muslim u got something to say the kid backed down....they never tease him because he can not go to dances or eat what they eat they protect him like he is their brother and they are not Muslim...........in a way it is funny because he is almost six feet tall we call him the gentle giant he does not fight and is very respectful........i think alot of how we are accepted as Muslims is in how we carry ourself.......if we carry our way of dressing and acting with pride with out care of what someone might say to us it helps but it does not mean that we should not be careful because there are bad people out there that would hurt a Muslim person or any other person for what ever reason that they have in their minds......ok i have surpassed what i normally say in one days time :whistle: time for me to stop lol

I babysit the 3 children of our Tunisian friend on Thur, friday and sat. nights. His wife is not Muslim, but the kids are. Only one is in school and she will come in from school starving cause all the main choices at lunch involved pork. I have told her parents they need to have a talk with the school about this or even pack a lunch. They are so busy with their resturaunt, they dont seem to care or have the time to talk with the school.


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I babysit the 3 children of our Tunisian friend on Thur, friday and sat. nights. His wife is not Muslim, but the kids are. Only one is in school and she will come in from school starving cause all the main choices at lunch involved pork. I have told her parents they need to have a talk with the school about this or even pack a lunch. They are so busy with their resturaunt, they dont seem to care or have the time to talk with the school.

the parents have to get involved with the school so that the school is willing to do what is needed there is a law on the books well at least in our state and it might even be a federal law im not to sure on that one but it states that schools do have to provide meals for children that have religious or diet needs different from the normal junk they push on the kids........if its a decent school system they will get right on it........they do not have to provide them time to pray but they do have to provide food that is required...........

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I'd love to know where this place is. What a nightmare!!! I can't even fathom that ever happening to me and I live in a small town. I think there are so many immigrants around me that no one even gives me a second glance, even though I was so fearful of wearing hijab in the beginning.


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the parents have to get involved with the school so that the school is willing to do what is needed there is a law on the books well at least in our state and it might even be a federal law im not to sure on that one but it states that schools do have to provide meals for children that have religious or diet needs different from the normal junk they push on the kids........if its a decent school system they will get right on it........they do not have to provide them time to pray but they do have to provide food that is required...........

Yes!!! Even at my son's daycare, where they serve breakfast, lunch and snacks they have dietary rules for vegetarians, Muslims and children with allergies.


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Thank you for sharing this video with us. I have never witnessed anyone in my town or around me being rude to a muslim to their face. I will say that the other night I was on the phone speaking with my aunt about my fiance and she shocked me. She said well did you tell him that not everybody here will be nice to him? Then she proceeded to say I would tell him to not tell anybody where he is from or really not to speak to anybody because they will know his accent is middle eastern. I thought to myself, that is so ignorant of you to say. I told her well, let me just tell him to tape his mouth shut when we are out and about. I never expected a comment like that to come out of her mouth.

I'm proud to call those people who stood up to the man at the store Americans. That was very touching to see this. Thank you again for sharing.

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